Striving with Sovereignty
INTRO: Man has recurring tendency to ANTICIPATE GOD-- preconceived idea as to how God should save, deliver, etc. Often those who are longing for God, praying, expecting miss God altogether when He comes in unexpected ways. We look for a dramatic sign in the sky and He works through the steady course of events; for the fire or earthquake and He speaks in the still small voice We look for a KING ON A THRONE and He comes as a baby in a stable.
WE WANT TO BE DELIVERED OUR WAY... Some had rather say in bondage than accept God's way of release. The method of deliverance becomes more important than the deliverance itself.
WE STRIVE WITH THE LORD-complain, contend, quarrel, find fault, stubborn rebellion.
WE PRAY FOR REVIVAL-then God shows us the way, and we reject it; finances, harmony, marriage saved. If we knew what revival would mean, we'd stop praying for it.
OUR PROBLEM: We're seeing God from the wrong angle. From where we're standing we can't see Him clearly, the vision is blurred. We can't quite make Him out.
OUR NEED: To stand in the proper place for the right vision of God. WHAT IS THAT PLACE? As a Potsherd, a piece of clay.
Potsherd: Just one of the millions of fragments of broken earthenware. A vivid expression of human insignificance.
ARE YOU THERE? Then you're ready to see god AS HE IS. WE SEE FROM THIS POSITION THAT HE IS:
I. THE LORD WHO DOES ALL THINGS. vv. 7, 8,12
Here is the list of ordinary things He does. ALL IN A DAYS WORK! Make the earth create man upon it; stretch the heavens with His hands; appoint all the hosts their proper place and sphere... WHO WOULD EVEN DREAM OF ADVISING ONE WHO IS CAPABLE OF HANDLING ISSUES OF SUCH DIMENSIONS? ANSWER: We Would!
A statement of ABSOLUTE SOVEREIGNTY -- the prophet doesn't shrink from it—even though it is incomprehensible. He didn't worry about God's reputation... STAGGERING CONCLUSIONS.
1. He is ALONE in His Sovereignly. Wi ...
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